Parx picks Paquette as track announcer

It was 3:30 a.m. on Christmas Day 2020 and Jessica Paquette wasn’t home sleeping or wrapping presents. She was actually working, in an office building in Wakefield, Mass., for Trakus – the computer system that provides the exact location of each horse in a race at all times – monitoring races from Turkey. At 3:30 … Read more

Picks & Preview for Int’l Gold Cup

A week removed from the richest race meet on the circuit at Far Hills – and some kind of performance by Irish star Hewick – the circus picks up and heads to Virginia’s International Gold Cup meet at Great Meadow. The card goes eight deep and features $75,000 stakes over hurdles and timber. Post time is … Read more

Far Hills Picks & Preview

Here we are. It’s time for the Far Hills Races, American jump racing’s annual highlight with big purses, historic races, international competition, pari-mutuel wagering, television coverage and all the rest. Saturday’s card, as usual, packs a punch. The $250,000 American Grand National – a race first run at Westchester County track Morris Park in 1899 … Read more

Hanlon living the dream with Hewick

John “Shark” Hanlon laughed when asked about what he saw in a 2-year-old Hewick at the Goresbridge Sales in Ireland in 2017. “I bought him at the local sale at home, five minutes down the road from me and he grew into a nice horse,” the trainer said Friday. “He was a very good horse … Read more

Snap Decision aims for Grand National

If you call Jack Fisher and tell him you want to talk about his favorite horse, be prepared for an Aaron Nola-level curveball. “Footpad?” the trainer asked Wednesday afternoon. “I’m taking him to the hunter thing today, so he’s the one I’m thinking about at the moment.” The hunter “thing” was a schooling event as … Read more

Far Hills joins TV coverage on Fox Sports

Edited NYRA Press Release America’s Day at the Races, the acclaimed national television show produced by the New York Racing Association, Inc. in partnership with Fox Sports, will once again present live coverage and on-site analysis of the Far Hills Race Meeting, the storied one-day steeplechase event that highlights the American steeplechase calendar.  The 101st … Read more

Virginia Fall, Genesee picks & preview

Virginia Fall? Already? Genesee Valley? Already? Autumn jump racing in the United States goes by in a hurry, as the calendar turns to October and race meets bring action to the various corners of the schedule. This weekend it’s historic Glenwood Park outside Middleburg, Va. for the Virginia Fall Races and the historic Genesee Valley … Read more

Foxfield steeplechase picks and preview

Everybody in the van to Charlottesville. The Foxfield Races, spring and fall, are a fixture on the steeplechase circuit – home to signature performances by Victorian Hill, an Eclipse Award-winning photograph by Douglas Lees (Master’s Degree and Buzz Hannum wiping out over timber) and even a few runnings of the American Grand National. Ask an oldtimer … Read more

McLaughlin to receive Mooney Award

Edited Press Release The National Turf Writers And Broadcasters will present lifelong horseman Kiaran McLaughlin, a former leading trainer who has quietly battled multiple sclerosis for more than two decades, with the Bill Mooney Award for displaying courage in the face of tremendous adversity. Born and raised in Lexington, Ky., McLaughlin was introduced to racing … Read more

Shawan Downs preview & picks

Let’s get back to work. After more than three months of jump racing at Saratoga, Colonial Downs and Aqueduct, the schedule turns to its more traditional stops with a full schedule of autumn race meets through Nov. 13. The action starts Saturday at Shawan Downs outside Baltimore, where eight races fill the card. The horses … Read more